Debra Ann Bridges (Debbie to all who knew her) joined her Savior on Feb. 4, having lived a beautiful and giving life. Her love of the Lord inspired her to serve her family, community and church with energy and selflessness. She loved life and loved to help her family and all around her enjoy each moment to the fullest.
Debbie married her high school sweetheart, Kelly, in 1970 and spent the next 43 years living the life of a Virtuous Woman (Proverbs 31;10-31). She spent the majority of their marriage as a homemaker where she created an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She used hospitality, mostly through her delicious cooking, to minister to those around her. She was a very loving and devoted wife to Kelly and an amazing mother to her two children, Amee and Rory.
Her hands were always busy. She loved to work in her garden, care for all of her many animals on the farm, and she enjoyed creating through countless arts and crafts and projects on her sewing machine. Most of these projects, were for her many nieces and nephew that she adored, her children, and most recently her four grandchildren that she would do anything for, Ethan and Anna, Aven and Paxton.
Above all, her favorite thing to do on Earth, was give praise to our Heavenly Father through singing. She loved singing in the church choir, with her two sisters, Sandy and Pam, on long walks in the woods, or just simply humming praise songs while cooking in the kitchen. She reminded all who knew her that every moment is an opportunity to give God praise, through song or a thoughtful deed. She is survived by her husband, Kelly; her children, Amee Minge and husband, Justin, West Plains, and their two children, Ethan and Anna, Rory Bridges and wife, Lexi, Nixa, and their two children, Aven and Paxton. She is also survived by her two sisters, Sandy Collins and Pam Wolfe.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Nelle, and brother, Stephen Wolfe.
A Celebration of Life service for Debbie will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at West Plains First Baptist Church. Family night will also be at First Baptist (South Campus) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14. All services will be under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.
In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to the Christian radio station, 88.3 The Wind, 2550-100 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65807, phone 417-889-0883, or send directly to Carter Funeral Home in West Plains